Over the weekend the state of Virgina and the University of Virgina have declared a state of emergency due to the “Unite The Right” protests that took place starting August 11 and the counter-protests that soon followed.

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On Friday (Aug. 11) White Nationalist debouched on the campus of the University of Virgina in protest of the removal of several Confederate related memorials. With torches in tow, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, and other extremists marched throughout the campus while chanting “You will not replace us” and “White lives matter.”

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After the protest began to trend on social media, Charlottesville’s mayor condemned the march, calling it an “unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation.”

Saturday’s official “Unite The Right” saw several thousand attendees and has been called the “largest white supremacist gathering in a decade” by the Anti-Defamation League.. In anticipation of potential violence, Governer Terry McAuliffe had the National Guard on standby. Unfortunatly, that didn’t stop violence from occuring at the protest and at counter-protests around the town.

After an extreme delay and condenment from several elected officals, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence released individual statements on Twitter.

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